Gran, mom indicted for toddler's murder

2015-10-08 14:21
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Durban - A mother and grandmother, charged with the murder of 3-year-old Jamie Naidoo, were indicted in the Chatsworth Magistrate's Court on Thursday.

They will next take to the dock in the Durban High Court in December, where allegations that the toddler was viciously assaulted over a sustained period will be tested in a murder trial.

Salatchee Venilla Basanich, 55, and her daughter Patricia Ishwarlal, appeared in court in relation to the alleged beating to death of the toddler, Ishwarlal’s child, at their home in Havenside in November last year.

The court was told that Ishwarlal had sustained head injuries during a car accident in 2001, leading to the drastic impairment of her basic functions.

A curator's report presented to the Road Accident Fund in 2004 stated that Ishwarlal displayed childlike tendencies, saying that her speech was akin to that of a young child.

Both were declared fit to stand trial after psychological examination.

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